Been too long since the last edition of the power rankings. So much has changed since then, though, as usual, most of the movement is in the middle of the pack. At this point, we have a clear top 2 in the conference, Baylor, a second tier, and Texas Tech.
1. Missouri (23-2, 10-2)
The Tigers impressed again on Saturday, blowing #6 Baylor out with a barrage of three point shooting. Right now, there isn’t a better offensive team in the country. The schedule has set up nicely for Frank Haith, and there is probably only one regular season loss left. Unfortunately, that is February 25th, against Kansas, and it is the battle for the conference title.
2. Kansas (20-5, 10-2)
Jeff Withey has responded wonderfully from his no-show against Missouri last weekend. 43 points, 25 rebounds, and 10 blocks in two Jayhawk wins. Should the Jayhawks win tonight against Kansas State, everything sets up for a winner take all showdown in Lawrence against Missouri.
3. Baylor (21-4, 8-4)
While the conference title is probably out of the question, Baylor could still be a major threat in the NCAA tournament. Remember, they haven’t lost outside of the Top 10 this season. Whatever is broken with Perry Jones, they need to fix it.
4. Iowa State (18-7, 8-4)
The NCAA tournament is a real possibility for the Cyclones. They already have one signature win, over Kansas, and can get another one tonight against Baylor. Most encouraging thing right now: Royce White hasn’t been a big scorer in the last two Cyclone wins. They’re learning to win without relying solely on him.
5. Texas (16-9, 6-6)
The comeback win against K-State on Saturday probably saved the Longhorn’s season. Rick Barnes has his team playing the kind of defense that gives the other team fits. The lack of a signature win hurts for NCAA selection purposes, but they still have a game against Baylor and one against Kansas.
6. Kansas State (17-7, 6-6)
The Wildcats are a mess right now, but they have some hope on the horizon. A home win tonight against their rival Kansas would go a long way. With a win against Missouri already in pocket, beating the Jayhawks probably puts Frank Martin on the right side of the bubble.
7. Oklahoma State (12-13, 5-7)
Travis Ford saved his job in conference play. His team still defends well, and Le’Bryan Nash has started playing like the All-American recruit he was supposed to be. While there won’t be much postseason play this year, there is tons of hope in Stillwater. Plus, we get to watch Markel Brown dunk some more, which is just too much fun.
8. Oklahoma (13-11. 3-9)
Steven Pledger is a nice building block, and the Sooners are hanging with much better teams, they just don’t know how to win yet. Lon Kruger should be applauded for the job he’s done this season.
9. Texas A&M (12-12, 3-9)
Currently on a four game losing streak, the Aggies are having a truly miserable season. Injuries to players and the new coach cannot be ignored, but this season is still a major disappointment.
10 Texas Tech (8-16, 1-11)
Well, they won’t go winless in conference play after all. Actually, with Texas A&M up next, the Red Raiders could squeeze out a two game winning streak here.